Today we’re leaving Hong Kong’s Kai Tak for Singapore’s Paya Lebar (VHHX to WSAP). We are departing at 8:40 a.m. in a thunderstorm. Flight time for the 1,394 mile flight is about five and a half hours. We have 3,860 gallons of fuel on board for the trip.
Aircraft: Cathay Pacific Airlines Douglas DC-6B - Tom Gibson and Greg Pepper's GMAX model. Paint by Marv Van De Weert.
Propliner AI & Traffic: CalClassic & FS Aviator - Tom Gibson, Mike Stevens, Jason Krogmann, Manuel Jagmann, Bill Towers, Nikko Yaginuma, Richard Wright, Frederick Coleman, Dave Jones, Paul Haak, Marty Lochmiller, Ake Lindberg, Harland Sandberg, Richard Wright and Gary Harper.
Scenery: FS9 Standard, plus:
Hong Kong Kai Tak 1963 by Tom Gibson and Jim Vile. Mesh files by Holger Sandmann.
Singapore, Paya Lebar 1961 by Wolfgang Gersch.
Also using scenery from Rwy12 and EZ scenery libraries.
HDE 1.0 Clouds by Pablo Diaz.
1. Passengers have boarded, doors closed and we’re starting engine 1.
2. ATC provides initial flight instructions and ground gives us taxi clearance.
3. It’s a long taxi down to Rwy. 31. You can see the curved approach lights for Rwy. 13 to our rear.
4. We’re off and the gear is coming up as we head toward the city and Lion Head Hill.
5. With the hill behind us we’re at 4,000 feet and continuing to climb.
6. Now at 6,500 feet heading on a southwest course of 220 toward Singapore.
7. Above the scud over Lamma Island, we’ve leveled off at ten thousand feet to switch the blowers to high. We then resume our climb to FL170.
8. We’re now just beyond the islands southwest of Hong Kong and are cruising at about 205 KIAS.
9. Continuing our cruise over the South China Sea near the Paracel Islands and we are about 275 miles east of Da Nang, Vietnam.
10. We’re crossing the eastern edge of Vietnam near Tuy Hoa about 150 miles northwest of Saigon.
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